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10.17.2017

Expert in Sickle Cell Disease Management to Present at Mailman Center

Dr. Graham Roger Serjeant, a world-renowned researcher and authority on sickle cell disease management and care, will visit the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on Friday, Oct. 20, to tour the Pediatric Sickle Cell Unit at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital and make a presentation about best practices for medical professionals caring for patients with sickle cell anemia.

Serjeant migrated from Britain to Jamaica to begin his internship as a senior registrar in medicine at the University of the West Indies in 1966. He has dedicated the past 50 years of his life to research and management of sickle cell disease both in Jamaica and abroad, developing groundbreaking care management systems through his research. His observations and processes have led to a reduction in the number of infant deaths in Jamaica.

Serjeant and his colleague John Homi have developed principles that “have guided surgeons and anesthetists for decades, reducing deaths before and after surgery,” said Newton Duncan, professor of pediatric surgery at the University of the West Indies.

Ofelia Alvarez, M.D., professor of clinical pediatrics and medical director of the pediatric sickle cell program, and Thomas J. Harrington, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine and director of the adult hemophilia clinic at Jackson, are hosting Serjeant’s visit.

His presentation sharing his findings and recommendations on the best health care practices for medical professionals caring for patients with sickle cell anemia will be at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the eighth-floor auditorium of the Mailman Center for Child Development, 1601 NW 12th Ave., Miami.

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